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circa 1880
A beautiful diamond rivière necklace with an estimated 25cts of old-cut diamonds in silver and gold.

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A beautiful Victorian old-cut diamond riviere necklace, c.1880, the graduated rivière composed of 62 bright and lively old-cut diamonds weighing an estimated 25cts in total, the central diamond estimated to weigh 1.2cts, all set in silver cut-down collets backed with gold, finely articulated, to a concealed tongue and box clasp.
  • Gemstones and Other Materials62 Old European cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 25cts
  • Condition ReportVery fine
  • SettingSilver backed with gold
  • Weight description32 grams
  • Dimensions39cm / 15.5"
Directors notes
The rivière necklace was an extremely popular design in the 18th and 19th centuries and was made in either diamonds or coloured stones, in both uniform and graduated rows. The name translates literally as ‘river’ which perfectly alludes to the way these fluid rows of stones would ripple around the base of the throat when worn. They were a favourite with Royalty and courtiers both in Europe and further afield and were often worn in multiples to emphasise wealth and status.